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WARC Board of Directors Announces New Chair and Vice Chair

 The West Alabama Regional Commission Board of Directors voted unanimously on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, to name Jerry Tingle, Tuscaloosa County Commissioner, as Chairman of the board, and Cynthia Almond, Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman, as Vice Chairperson of the board. The positions will take effect at the start of the Board’s new fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2018.

Commissioner Tingle has been on the WARC Board of Directors since 2013. He is a veteran of the United States Army Reserves. He served on the Brookwood Town Council from 2004 to 2008 as well as the Town of Brookwood Park Board. In 2012 he was elected as Tuscaloosa County Commissioner for District 2 and has held that position since. Commissioner Tingle was on the Lake View Town Council from 2010-2012, was co-chairman of the board of directors of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, and a member and president of the board of directors for the Educational Excellence Foundation for Tuscaloosa County Schools from 1994-2003.

Councilwoman Cynthia L. Almond has served on the WARC Board of Directors since 2005. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Alabama. As a member of the Tuscaloosa City Council, Ms. Almond serves as Chairperson of the Properties Committee, Vice Chairperson of the Public Projects Committee and is a member of the Insurance and Litigation Committee. Additionally, she owns a title company and law firm.

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Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Meetings

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold the following meetings:

  1. Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (BPC), Monday, October 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

  2. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

  3. Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), Thursday, October 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

  4. Metropolitan Planning Organization (Policy Committee), Monday, October 29, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

The meetings will be held at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC), 4200 Highway 69 North, Suite 1, Northport. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the meeting (205-333-2990 or david.norris@westal.org).

Items that will be discussed at the meetings include: (1) proposed amendments for the Fiscal Years 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); (2) the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) financial plan; (3) the 2045 LRTP environmental and social factors report; (4) the 2045 LRTP equity report; and (5) the West Alabama Coordinated Public Transit Plan 2019 schedule. The 2045 LRTP environmental and social factors report and equity report are available at https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents/. The initial meeting packets are available https://www.warc.info/mpo-meetings/.

Proposed TIP Amendments

  • (Date Change - Out of TIP) 100055893 US-11 (SR-7) over Norfolk Southern Railroad (BIN 005140, Suff = 12.5, Stat = SD) - Replace bridge; CN; $1,517,770.92; Old date: 8/30/2019; New date: 1/31/2020;

  • (Addition) 100069056 Greensboro Avenue (SR-215) from Skyland Boulevard (US-11/SR-7) to Hargrove Road - Pavement repair; CN; 9/15/2018; $280,738;

  • (Addition) 100068757 US-11 (SR-7) from Daimler Benz Boulevard (Tuscaloosa County) to SR-5 (Bibb County) - Add lanes; CN; 9/27/19; $41,410,000;

The public can comment on the proposed TIP amendments at any of the MPO committee meetings, by mail (at the address in the header), e-mail (david.norris@westal.org), telephone (205-333-2990, x 213), or fax (205-333-2713). Public comments regarding the proposed amendments will be accepted until October 12, 2018, unless submitted at one of the October MPO committee meetings.

The MPO Policy Committee plans how federal highway and transit funds are spent in Tuscaloosa County. The MPO Policy Committee is served by three advisory committees: the BPC, CTAC, and the TCC. The BPC was formed to assist the MPO with bicycle and pedestrian issues. The CTAC provides active and on-going public participation. The TCC, composed of engineers and planners, provides technical guidance to the Policy Committee.

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West Alabama Transit Committee November 2018 Meeting

The West Alabama Transit Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Facility (601 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa). The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the update of the coordinated transit plan for the west Alabama area. Federal regulations require a coordinated transit plan be in place prior to the use of certain federal transit funds.

Agenda
1. Review plan update schedule
2. Review/correct transit resource section of plan
3. Discuss transit surveys
4. Verify next meeting date

Any agency that intends to pursue a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 - Elderly and Disabled Program, Section 5311 - Nonurbanized Program, Section 5316 - Job Access and Reverse Commute Program, or Section 5317 - New Freedom Program grant must participate in the plan development.

The plan is a cooperative effort between the Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the West Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO). The MPO and RPO staff will develop the plan with the assistance of the West Alabama Transit Committee. Anyone with an interest in transit service is encouraged to attend the meeting and participate in the plan development.

The meeting is open to the public. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the day of the meeting. For special assistance, call the WARC at 333-2990.